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The Spanish flu struck a new target: Washington State College at Pullman. The situation had become so bad among the students “that a desperate call for medical aid was sent out” by the president of the Spokane County Medical Society. He appealed for at least three Spokane physicians to travel immediately to Pullman to tend to the 300 students who were afflicted.
The Spanish flu death toll in Spokane jumped to 15, with five more deaths reported in one morning
A dispute arose after city authorities took over the Lion Hotel and turned it into a temporary influenza hospital. The owners of the hotel filed an objection to the takeover. City health officer Dr. J.B. Anderson was unsympathetic.
City health officials were converting the Lion Hotel on South Lincoln Street in to a temporary Spanish flu hospital.
Normal life came to a halt in Spokane while health authorities tried desperately to limit a spreading Spanish flu epidemic.
Every hospital in Spokane was crowded to capacity with Spanish influenza cases, and authorities were seeking a large building with room for several hundred beds as a temporary flu hospital.
All of Spokane was virtually shut down after the Spanish influenza arrived with a vengeance.
The White Pine Sash Co. of Spokane announced that it would be devoting itself entirely to war work.
The Spanish influenza epidemic on the East Coast was getting worse – and spreading. A front page story said that 17 soldiers died in Massachusetts and 14 in New Jersey.
Nearly 3,000 cases of Spanish flu had been reported, although one overly optimistic official said that it had appeared “only in a mild form.”
In Spokane, the Spanish flu was not yet considered a local problem. Soon, it would be.